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I just want to make a difference (AD Army to CG)
Last Post 17 Nov 2011 08:31 AM by sardaddy. 3 Replies.
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16 Nov 2011 04:59 AM
    I'm an active duty Army Infantry Company Commander (Captain) forward deployed in Afghanistan.  I have five and a half years of active duty service with a total service obligation of eight years (which I might be able to transfer over to another service).  I've been lucky enough in my career so far that I've accomplished everything I've wanted to in the Army and I feel I've served well/given what was required.  I'm over here and I can't help but feel like I'd like to start saving lives instead of taking them.  I'm tired of deployments but I still want to be part of a professional, standards oriented organization that makes a difference.  I don't have a problem with danger, but it'd be nice to do a dangerous job without people trying to shoot me or blow me up.  Also, my wife and I are about to have our first child and I'd like to be around for that without disappearing for a year to 15 months at a time.

    I'm trying to find the different avenues I can join the Coast Guard.  I really think I could contribute as a pilot.  As a ground force commander, I consistently deal with controlling/communicating with both fixed and rotary wing aviation.  I also know I operate well in high stress environments.  Somebody, anybody please enlighten me as to how I can do this.  I've read the gocoastguard.com page and flipped through some of the flight programs, but it's looking dismal.

    Aside from flying, I'd even consider resigning my commission and enlisting to open up different rates.  I almost did this in the Army to become a warrant officer and a rotary wing pilot, but that doesn't resolve the deployment situation.  I have the physical capability, intestinal fortitude, and mental resolve to be an AST, but I don't know the process or if I'm eligible.  Anybody have some advice on that one?

    Finally, I understand there are limitations (time in service, physical disqualifiers, etc.), but my experience has also taught me that if you yank on the chain hard enough (i.e. - talk to someone with the right amount of rank), you can get a waiver for just about anything.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    16 Nov 2011 05:10 AM
    I don't have answers for you but there are several here that will know the options and the ins and outs... I just wanted to say thank you for your service so far. I wish you continued success in your career, whether it is with the Army or you come over to the light and join the Coast Guard! (Joke of course!) But seriously Thank you.

    Congratulations on the impending birth of your first child.
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    16 Nov 2011 06:18 AM
    Thanks for the wish-you-wells.  I've enjoyed most of it and I don't regret anything.  I almost went to USCGA back in 2002 but I chose the Army because it was my dream.  Now that I've been able to live my dream, I'm looking for ways to help people, provide a more stable life for my family, and still contribute to our nation's security.  I just hope I have a way in.
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    17 Nov 2011 08:31 AM
    Simas,

    Your desire is a challenge. Not impossible but a challenge to say the least. Not sure how old you are but 30 is age of no return. You have to be able to start flight training by your 30th birthday. Waivers are few and far between no matter who you know. We just have so many applicants and so few slots they can be picky.

    Challenge 2, you won't be able to maintain your rank if you transfer over and you would most likely start the process just like a civilian. Meaning you will have to apply for OCS and then apply for flight training there.

    I was in the Army for 10 years before coming over to the CG but I was a pilot so the transition was a bit easier. I wish you luck in whatever you decide. Feel free to ask any questions or if you need help going in a particular direction.

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